Best of Boston

BEST Shoe Repair

2014 BEST Shoe Repair

Alton Place Shoe Repair


An Armenian religious icon watches over Valeriy Gazaryan and his customers at Alton Place Shoe Repair, in Brookline, and indeed, his work seems to border on the miraculous. Gazaryan is a man of few words. He silently examined our tired… read more»

2013 BEST Shoe Repair

Rinaldi’s Park Square


One of the best things about Boston is its walkability. The downside, however, is our oft-abused footwear. So when the insoles of our beloved boots begin to wear and the heel caps of our oxfords start to disintegrate, we lug… read more»

2012 BEST Shoe Repair

Boston Instant Shoe Repair


After clomping around the city for a few years, our Italian-leather boots were in dire need of a makeover. “Oy. You must really love these,’ said this shop’s proprietor as he noticed the wood and nails poking through the heels…. read more»

2011 BEST Shoe Repair

Odessa Instant Shoe Repair


Our poor, overloved clogs—not much left of the heel but a few pieces of chewed-up yellow foam. Bracing for a lecture on proper shoe care, we nervously carried them into Odessa. To our delight, the kindly proprietor lifted them up… read more»

2010 BEST Shoe Repair

Downtown Crossing Instant Shoe Repair


When most shoe-mending outfits say “instant,” they mean “come back tomorrow” or “maybe next week.” But at Downtown Crossing Instant Shoe Repair, a tiny stand in the Downtown Crossing T corridor (near the Orange Line northbound platform), we’ve been known… read more»

2007 BEST Shoe Repair

Waban Shoe Repair


Cobblestones are charming. Replacing a $900 pair of limited-edition size 11 Louboutins because a heel snapped off in that picturesque paving material—again—is not. We scoured the city for a place that could doctor our ripped soles and scratched leather, and… read more»

2005 BEST Shoe Repair

Jazz Shoe Repair


Heels break. Toes scuff. Salt stains. Stop pouting—head instead to Jazz Shoe Repair, where owner Yuriy Arutyunov will fix and shine your shoes in his cozy garage-like shop while you wait. His capable hands have been bringing battered boots, heels,… read more»

2004 BEST Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair


Ares has been resoling, reheeling, and repolishing Boston’s finest leather shoes for more than 70 years and will take extra special care of yours. The expert cobblers in the cozy basement storefront are a serious but likeable bunch who each… read more»

2003 BEST Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair


There are more than 70 shoe repair joints in Greater Boston; picking the finest involves a little legwork. Why this particular shop—and for a second year in a row? Armenian-born Mike Damirshian’s work is impeccable, especially at the prices he… read more»

2002 BEST Shoe Repair

Ares Shoe Repair


Not since Beacon Hill was a colonial settlement has Charles Street produced a shop so obsessed with top-quality workmanship. The scents of oil and leather waft from behind this small counter, overseen by a conscientious, kind, and fast-working staff that… read more»